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But senior officials in Pakistan's leading parties are now warning that such unilateral attacks -- including the Predator strikes launched from bases near Islamabad and Jacobabad in Pakistan -- could be curtailed.
"We have always said that as for strikes, that is for Pakistani forces to do and for the Pakistani government to decide. . . . We do not envision a situation in which foreigners will enter Pakistan and chase targets," said Farhatullah Babar, a top spokesman for the Pakistan People's Party, whose leader, Yousaf Raza Gillani, is the new prime minister. "This war on terror is our war."
Is the CIA's controversial drone war on Pakistani militants actually being flown out of Pakistan itself?
That's the apparent bombshell dropped Thursday by Senator Diane Feinstein, during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing. Depending on who you ask, it's either a king-sized security breach, or a ho-hum replay of the press has already reported.
Yesterday, Pakistan's former prime minister became the latest in a long line of high-ranking officials to publicly blast America, for using drone attacks on militants inside their country. On the same day, in a hearing room in the Hart Senate Office Building, Sen. Feinstein "expressed surprise at Pakistani opposition to the ongoing campaign of Predator-launched CIA missile strikes," according to the L.A. Times.
"As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base," she said.
Mr Holbrooke's trip to Afghanistan follows a four-day visit to neighbouring Pakistan.
Reports say that in talks with Pakistani leaders he stressed Washington's financial commitments to the country but underlined the need to purge militant sanctuaries in the north-west region, along the Afghan border.
Zardari said Pakistan had been in denial about the Taliban in the past. "Our forces weren't increased ... . We have weaknesses and they are taking advantage of that weakness," he said.
Zardari has now put 120,000 soldiers into the fight against the Taliban, despite concerns among many Pakistanis that it is fighting a proxy war for the United States.
"We're not doing anybody a favor," Zardari said. "We are aware of the fact it's ... Taliban... trying to take over the state of Pakistan.
"So, we're fighting for the survival of Pakistan. We're not fighting for the survival of anybody else."
Zardari, who was elected last year after the assassination of his wife Benazir Bhutto in 2007, rejected suggestions that he lacks the full support of the military and intelligence services, saying he was confident they were behind him.